Aman Sethi, The Hindu‘s correspondent in Chhattisgarh, has bagged the international red cross committee’s award for best print media article on humanitarian issues, for his March 2011 piece on homes and granaries that were torched by police commandos in three villages in the Naxal heartland.
Tehelka ‘s Umar Baba took the second place, while the third prize went to Reji Joseph of Rashtra Deepika. The consolation prize went to Anup Sharma of The Times of India .
Bombay-born Sethi, who studied business journalism at Columbia University’s graduate school of journalism, worked for the Hindu‘s sister publication, Frontline, before being posted to Chhattisgarh. His debut book “A Free Man“, an account of the life of a homeless, migrant labourer was published recently.
Read the award-winning piece: The Hindu
Read an excerpt from his book: Caravan
Read Aman Sethi’s articles: Kafila
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India-China friendship award for Pallavi Aiyar
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There are 96 students from 39 countries for Columbia University’s MA program in specialised journalism this year, and not surprisingly, the second most number of students come from India.
Link via Sreenath Sreenivasan
The newly launched magazine Careers360 has an interview with Professor Sreenath Sreenivasan, dean of student affairs, and professor, Columbia Journalism School:
You were an established journalist when you had applied to Columbia. Do schools help in becoming better journalists?
“I had 300 bylines when I had applied to Columbia University. Learning on-the-job is crucial, but journalism schools add value where a newsroom cannot. In a newsroom, editorial is the number one product. All that you, as a journalist, are told is “don’t make mistakes”, “don’t get sued”, and “don’t get the advertisers angry”. The focus is entirely on the product and not on you. And given the pressure of deadlines, even if you are determined to do better, there’s no time or the energy left to do so.
“What a journalism school does is focus on how to make you a betetr product. Capitalist newsrooms do not allow for such conversations. We, at Columbia, make every comma, every turn of phrase, every video better. The game is how to take your career to the next level.”